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Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries


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5 from 15 votes
Cook Time : 15 mins
Total Time : 25 mins
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Last Updated on January 23, 2023 by Corinne Schmitt

These tasty Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries are a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional fried potatoes. They are perfect for a light lunch or dinner side dish, or as an appetizer for your next get-together. 

If you love these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries then next time you may want to give these Butternut Squash Fries a try! They are the perfect salty snack when you are craving something healthy.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries on a serving plate with dip on the side.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Have you ever tried butternut squash? If not, it tastes like a cross between sweet potatoes and pumpkin and it’s full of nutrients such as potassium, vitamin A and fiber. 

Air frying butternut squash makes it even more delicious! The air fryer cooks the sticks of squash quickly and evenly giving them a nice crunch on the outside, while keeping them creamy on the inside.

Why I Love This Recipe

These crispy, golden-brown butternut squash fries are a healthier and more flavorful alternative to regular fried potatoes. They are the perfect healthy side dish when you need something salty. 

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love squash you may also enjoy this Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash recipe.

Ingredients

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries ingredients.

One of the best things about this healthy recipe is that you only need a few simple ingredients. You most likely already have these ingredients on hand, so you may not even need to make a trip to the grocery store. 

butternut squash – Look for a squash that is slightly firm with a deep orange color.

olive oil – Use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil for maximum flavor. 

seasonings – I used garlic powder and parsley, you can add use salt and black pepper if you prefer. 

Substitutions

Oil:  You can also use avocado oil or melted coconut oil for this recipe. 

Seasonings: You can use your favorite seasonings such as Italian herbs, paprika, cumin, etc. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Here are a few ways that you can personalize this simple side dish recipe.  

Curry – Add a sprinkle of curry powder and ginger to the mix. 

Spicy  – Add some chili powder or cayenne pepper for extra spice. 

Cheesy – Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese on top of the fries before air frying. 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this easy recipe. You should already have these kitchen tools on hand already. 

How to Make Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries

Are you ready to make this fresh side dish recipe? If so, follow these simple directions below and you will have a flavorful side dish that even the picky eaters in your life would love. 

Step 1: Peel and cut the squash fries

To cut the squash into fries, peel the skin from the squash and then split the squash in half vertically. Scoop the seeds out using a spoon. 

Squash on a chopping board with a knife and peeler on the side.

Step 2: Cut the squash into fries

Then begin to cut the two halves into fries at your desired size and length. 

Squash fries in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Toss the fries in oil

Place the fries into a large bowl, drizzle with oil, and toss. 

Step 4: Season the squash

Season with garlic powder and parsley. Toss once more.

Squash fries in a mixing bowl, seasoned with garlic powder and parsley.

Step 5: Air fry the squash

Place the fries into the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 15 minutes shaking the fries every 5 minutes.

Squash fries in the air fryer basket.

Step 6: Cool slightly

Remove fries and let cool before enjoying with your favorite dip.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries on a serving plate with dip on the side.

Serving Suggestions

This easy side dish pairs well with so many different meals, but I like to serve it with these Instant Pot Meatball Subs or these Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries on a serving plate with dip on the side.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to help make sure that these butternut squash fries turn out perfectly every time that you make them. 

  • Make sure to cut the fries in even sizes so that they cook evenly. 
  • Use a good quality oil for maximum flavor.
  •  Be sure to shake the basket every 5 minutes to ensure that all sides of the fries are crisping up. 
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. If needed, cook the fries in batches. 
  • Serve these crispy butternut squash fries with your favorite dip. Try Greek yogurt ranch dip, ketchup, or honey mustard sauce for something different. 
  • These fries are a great alternative to regular fries when you are on a low-carb diet. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this air fryer butternut squash recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

These leftover butternut squash fries will last for about 3-4 days stored in the fridge.

How to reheat

You can reheat these fries in the oven or air fryer. Preheat your oven to 375°F and bake for 15-20 minutes or preheat the air fryer to 400°F and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Can you freeze these?

Yes, you can freeze these butternut squash fries after cooking. Place cooled fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze.

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries

Corinne Schmitt
Air Fryer Butternut Squash Fries are crispy, flavorful and make for a tasty and healthy side dish that is family friendly.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 236 kcal

Equipment

  • sharp knife and cutting board
  • Large bowl
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley

Instructions
 

  • To cut the squash into fries, peel the skin from the squash and then split the squash in half vertically. Scoop the seeds out using a spoon.
  • Then begin to cut the two halves into fries at your desired size and length.
  • Place the fries into a large bowl, drizzle with oil, and toss.
  • Season with garlic powder and parsley. Toss once more.
  • Place the fries into the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 15 minutes, shaking the fries every 5 minutes.
  • Remove fries and let cool before enjoying with your favorite dip.

Notes

  • Make sure to cut the fries in even sizes so that they cook evenly.
  • Use a good quality oil for maximum flavor.
  • Be sure to shake the basket every 5 minutes to ensure that all sides of the fries are crisping up.
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. If needed, cook the fries in batches.
  • Serve these crispy butternut squash fries with your favorite dip. Try Greek yogurt ranch dip, ketchup, or honey mustard sauce for something different.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 1349mgFiber: 8gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 40031IUVitamin C: 81mgCalcium: 184mgIron: 3mg
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